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Poster: Spuzz Date: Aug 22, 2004 9:48am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Why is NOTLD PD?

So, I'm wondering how Night Of The Living Dead became public domain? Was it a mistake of Romero's that he didn't take this into account?

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Poster: simon c Date: Aug 22, 2004 9:57am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Why is NOTLD PD?

From what I (unofficially!) understand:

'Until 1976, [film] works published without a notice of copyright (e.g., '(c) 1968 George A. Romero') fell immediately into the public domain. Copyright notice was inadvertently left off the released print of Night of the Living Dead, so it’s not protected by copyright.'

I believe I read somewhere that the film changed name, and they forgot to put the (c) on the new title card. I'm sure other people can explain it better than I, though.

[EDIT: Found the George Romero interview in question:

http://www.diabolical-dominion.com/Interviews/Romero/

'When we made the film we initially wanted to call it, Night of the Flesh Eaters, and on the title card, that title was properly copyrighted. But when we decided to change the name of the film, we forgot to put the little C in a circle on the title card. A few years later, people realized that the name was public domain and all hell broke loose.']

This post was modified by simon c on 2004-08-22 16:57:18